Public in Public History presents international research on the role of the public in public history: the ways people perceive, respond to and influence history-related institutions, events, services and products that deal with the past.
The book addresses theoretical reflections on the public, or multiple publics, and their role in public history, and empirical analyses of the publics’ active responses to and impact on existing forms of public history. Special attention is also paid to digital public history, which facilitates the double role of the public—as both recipient and creator of public history. With a multinational author team, the book is based on various national, but also international, experiences and academic traditions; each chapter goes beyond national cases to look transnationally. The narratives built around their cases deal with issues such as arranging a museum exhibition, managing a history-related website, analyzing readers’ comments or involving non-professional public as oral history researchers.
With sections focusing on research, commemorations, museums and the digital world, this is the perfect collection for anyone interested in what the public means in public history.
Table of Contents
1. Publics, Public Historians and Participatory Public History PART I: Publics in Public History Research 2. Digital Oral History and the Ethical Dilemmas of Dealing with Three Kinds of 'Public' in Public History 3. Public Between the State, and Academia: Cultural and Political Essentialism of Public History in Russia PART II: Publics in Commemorations 4. The Role of the Public in Shaping New Collective Memory(ies): The Irish Public and Their Representation of History during and after the Irish Civil War of 1922- 1923 5. Return to 1918: The Serbian American Public and World War I Memory at the Centenary 6. The Role of Distinct Publics in Framing and Re-Framing the Images of Historical Figures. A Study on the Publics Remembering Edith Stein 7. The Persistence of the Vanishing Indian in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley: The Passaconaway Monument PART III: Museums and Their Publics 8. For the Public, by the Public, on the Public: The Triple Role of the Public in School Museums of History in Russia 9. Students as the Museums’ Public 10. On Fire, under Fire: Public Reactions to the Destruction of the Brazilian National Museum 11. Warsaw Rising Museum—on, with and for a Participatory Public PART IV: Digital Publics 12. Researching the Public(s) through Internet Readers’ Comments. Case Study of the Cursed Soldiers in North-Eastern Poland 13. Video-Gamers as Recipients and Creators of Public History: Let’s Play Videos as Public History 14. The Users of TripAdvisor as the Public(s) of Public History. Case Study of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum 15. The Public of a Public History Website—Notes from the Field 16. The public(s) in public history
Joanna Wojdon is an associate professor at the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Poland.
Dorota Wiśniewska is a research assistant at the University of Wrocław, Poland, and initiator of the International Public History Summer School in Wrocław.